The mantra has been "9/3"
throughout the two weeks of #GTCAMP12 as Georgia Tech targets the
season-opening date, Sept. 3 at Virginia Tech. Training Camp officially
ended Saturday morning with the team's second scrimmage, and now preparations
for the Hokies can begin next week. "The guys are ready to
play someone else," said senior QB Tevin Washington following the approximately
90-play scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium. "We've been hitting each other
for two weeks and all summer doing drills against each other. Guys are
just ready to go and get some new faces in front of us."
The scrimmage's first
series saw redshirt freshman LB Jabari Hunt-Days make a stop on third-and-five
to halt the drive, but Days' classmate, Broderick Snoddy, put the offense on
the board quickly on the second series by breaking off a 70-yard touchdown run.
Redshirt freshman QB Vad
Lee and sophomore AB B.J. Bostic had a pair of hook-ups Saturday, with Lee
hitting Bostic for an 11-yard touchdown on third-and-three, and later finding a
leaping Bostic for 28 yards over the middle to set up another touchdown.
Lee enjoyed a solid
morning both on the ground and through the air for the Jackets. He busted
loose down the right sideline for a 38-yard gain to get a drive started.
Snoddy picked up seven on a key third-and-five, and Lee capped the series with
a 10-yard score up the middle. "I felt like I could have
thrown the ball better; it wasn't my best performance throwing the ball," said
Lee. "I'm just ready to get back to the grind of practice next week and
get with those receivers and work hard and keep throwing it."
Sophomore Synjyn Days and
freshman Justin Thomas also took snaps at quarterback, and each led scoring
drives. Days ran 16 yards to begin a series, picked up eight on a
third-and-three, before finishing the drive with a one-yard score. Thomas connected with
sophomore WR Jeff Greene for 41 yards down the left sideline and a 15-yard
personal foul penalty tacked on. But the defense came up with a stand on
third down with Coray Carlson and Chris Crenshaw flushing Thomas from the
pocket to force an incomplete pass. Junior Justin Moore booted a 29-yard
Kicker David Scully
converted a 31-yard field goal earlier in the scrimmage and the junior was good
on all five of his extra-point attempts. There was no punting on
Saturday. Sophomore BB Matt Connors
and freshman AB Dennis Andrews each had short touchdowns runs late in the
defensively were a Nick Menocal interception of Thomas, and the sophomore
linebacker nearly brought the turnover back for a touchdown. On the very
next series, redshirt freshman DL Jimmie Kitchen recovered a fumble.
Sophomore DL Anthony Williams was in on two sacks, and junior DB Jemea Thomas
snuffed out a screen pass on third-and-long, tackling WR Darren Waller for no
gain to halt another early drive.
"Overall everything has been good," said Washington. "We've been pushing each other. The seniors are the core group of the team and we're trying to lead and push those younger guys and trying to get them ready mentally for what's coming. We still have some steps to take to get ready mentally for game speed. But we're ready to go."